Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
A nearby fish simply couldn't take any more of this woman's ranting ...
Below: Despite warnings from the sturgeon general ...
As local folks know by now, the Wells Fargo Bank incident was only a try at a bank robbery, highlighted by a hooded male handing over one of those "Hand me all the money" notes. He apparently wasn't overly committed to the effort since he took off when the teller sternly told him she absolutely couldn't hand over the money if he kept his hood over his head ... bank policy. (I swear this is true.) The male obviously hadn't expected to run into a teller who was a stickler for proper bank-robbing protocol. I haven't seen the entire robbery-attempt video. I want to see if the perp had to stop and ponder the teller's demand or if the mere mention of certain hoops needing to be hopped through was plenty enough for the robber to think, "Oh, this s*** is too hard. I'm outta here."
How can one not flash on Woody Allen in "Take the Money and Run"? While the botched robbery scene in that movie was ultra classic -- like when he had to stop the robbery to argue with assorted tellers and bank management over what his scribbled robbery note actually said -- I still giggle over a point later in the movie when it's suggested that he had robbed a bank, to which Woody rather profoundly retorts, "I did not rob a bank. If I robbed a bank, everything would be great. ... I only tried to rob a bank."
Below: First failed effort to read the scribbled robbery note ...
Sunday, January 28, 2018: Things are looking kinda blackish along the beachfront of Holgate proper – the inhabited area of the most southerly section of LBI.
The less-than-white look comes from some truly dark sand now being dredged from an ocean bottom area at the mouth of Little Egg Inlet, before being pumped on-beach. It’s the beach replenishment angle of the dredging of a LEI channel, to be done by springtime.
Photo: Ric Anastasi
That seriously dirty sand deserves a worthy explanation. It begins with marine vegetation within a healthy bay and inlet area.
As the likes of subaquatic marine vegetation dies, it gets buried by shifting bottom sediments, most often sand. When it gets covered to the point of sealing off oxygen involvement, the bottom literally begins to digest the organic material, breaking it into sulfides, including hydrogen sulfide gas. It’s nature’s way of breaking down what amounts to waste material.
I used to face a hydrogen sulfide situation in the bottom of my saltwater aquariums. Notice the effect ...
So, what does that digestion process have to do with black sands? Hydrogen sulfide interacts with nearby metal ions, forming metal sulfides, producing dark-colored solids; lead sulfide being pure black. Simply put, black is the aftereffect color of sulfide – and fully natural. It is in such minute amounts that all it does is stain the sand, a stain sure to fade.
Of course, when looking at those off-color beaches -- to soon be lain upon by beachgoers -- it might be hard to believe that ugly-ish look is the result of a healthy bay and, even more impactfully, a never-before-dredged inlet.
Enough chemistry -- and on to why the arriving sulfide sand might be inordinately black.
Organic material has been gathering on the ocean and inlet bottom near Little Egg for eons atop of eons. There can be a layer for every summer past. It translates into untold lenses of discolored material. Such is the case with virtually any inlet. But LEI isn’t like other inlets.
Unlike virtually every other inlet along the coastline, LEI’s bottom areas have never once been disturbed by channel-dredging humanity. That’s pristine sulfide-stained sand now coming to light, a sort of virgin black.
Might LBI aficionados celebrate what can now be dubbed “the black sand beaches of Holgate”? While such a dubbing might be a solid sell-point in other parts of the world, especially Hawaii, the black sands of Holgate will be fading, post haste. The black look will quickly be rinsed clean, primarily by drenching spring rains and also beach overwash from the ocean, perish the thought on the latter.
Below: Not Holgate.
An eventual resurgence of white sands assured, even I have to question how quickly the “virgin black” sand will take to finally release the sugar-sand hearts of silica within.
As must be reminded whenever pumped-in sand arrives with a less than sugary white look, the base granularity of material in so-called borrow sites has been closely studied to assure it’ll be an eventual perfect match for NJ/LBI “beach sand.” In fact, I’m still betting the gravel content in the Holgate material will be far less than was seen in the replen material from borrow sites off Harvey Cedars.
As to any treasure coming to light from the beach replen of the south end, that would most likely happen when the suction pipes get further down – to layers from long ago. Obviously, the odds of items like silver or gold Spanish coins popping up within dredged sand is awfully slight. Of course, “awfully slight” is plenty enough for any true treasure hunter.
I should also note that the aforementioned hydrogen sulfide can eat silver down to the bone. Many of the ancient silver coins found on LBI beaches – and many have been found -- have been eaten so thin that some can be bent by hand. Coolly, the exact details of the original piece, like a date, are often discernible in even eaten-thin coins.
Below: A one reale piece could easily make it through the dredge pipe screen filters. Of course, corrosion could have made it into a fractional one reale piece. ...
Two boys were charged with killing more than a half million bees at a honey business in Iowa last month.
"All of the beehives on the honey farm were destroyed and approximately 500,000 bees perished in the frigid temperatures," Sioux City police said in a release.
The suspects, a 12 and 13 year old, allegedly destroyed 50 hives at the Wild Hill Honey in Sioux City. The juveniles have been charged with criminal mischief, agricultural animal facilities offenses and burglary. Their names will not be released due to their age.The felonies could result in fines as much as $10,000 and up to 10 years in jail, but criminal cases involving minors are typically adjudicated in juvenile court.
Wild Hill Honey owners Justin and Tori Englehardt called it a "senseless" act."
"They knocked over every single hive, killing all the bees. They wiped us out completely," Justin Engelhardt told the Sioux City Journal after the incident.
"They broke into our shed, they took all our equipment out and threw it out in the snow, smashed what they could. Doesn't look like anything was stolen, everything was just vandalized or destroyed."
"Bees are critical, and people are conscious of the fact that bees are having a hard time right now and facing some real challenges," Englehardt said.
A report from the Center for Biological Diversity last year found that more than North American bee 700 species are in trouble from a range of serious threats, including severe habitat loss and escalating pesticide use.
Bees are a precious natural resource—an estimated 35 percent of food production is dependent on pollination from the insects.
The Englehardt's losses were estimated between $50,000 to $60,000. The damage was not covered by insurance.
A fundraising campaign has raised thousands of dollars for the recovery. More than $30,000 has already been donated.
"Thank you to everyone for your generous contributions and your amazing show of support," a message from the Wild Hill owners states. "Because of you, we will be able to continue our business in the spring. We are deeply moved by your compassion. Between the contributions and the equipment we were able to salvage, our needs have been met. There are so many great causes to support. Our wish is that this spirit of compassion will be used to help others now. Thank you."